The Forum for Democratic Change- FDC party has failed to field a
candidate for the Serere County MP seat. The county that was previously
represented by Stephen Ochola under the FDC ticket lost to NRM’s Patrick Okabe
However, in the just concluded party nominations for flag bearers, no FDC party
member has expressed interest to contest for the seat.
David Otaala, the chairperson of the party in Serere says that all
attempts to identify a candidate in the party have been futile.
Otaala revealed that the party nominated James Emaju for Kasilo County against
Elijah Okupa whose nomination hangs in balance. The party has also nominated
Stephen Ochola as a flag bearer for Serere LCV Chairperson seat.
According to Otaala, the party has, however, managed to nominate flag bearers
for sub-county chairpersons and district councillors.
In the 2016 elections, it was only Elijah Okupa who returned to
Parliament. Alice Alaso and Stephen Ochola lost to NRM’s Helen Adoa Abeku and
Patrick Okabe respectively.
Paul Omer, the party mobiliser in Teso Sub Region says the party has filled
more positions for both MPs and local government leaders than in 2016.
Without sharing details of other nominees in Bukedea, Amuria and
Kalaki districts, Omer who doubles as Soroti Mayor said that this time around,
the party is more organized and ready to take on the ruling party.
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Jane Acen, the FDC Party Chairperson for Soroti District says that
more than 200 aspirants have been nominated for various positions across the
district. However Soroti Woman MP, Angeline Osege and
Soroti Municipality MP, Edmund Herbert Ariko, were locked out of the nominations.
The party has also concealed nominees for the Amuria County MP, which is currently
represented by State Minister for Disaster, Musa Ecweru, LCV chairperson for
Amuria and Kalaki districts.
Both nominees for Bukedea District Woman MP and Constituency are yet to be revealed
including Woman MP for Kumi and Kaberamaido districts. Bukedea is represented
by FDC’s Anita Among who contested as an independent candidate in 2016 while Kaberamaido was previously
represented by Ibi Florence Ekwau on FDC ticket.